Maruti Suzuki has been ruling the roost in the Indian automotive arena since its inception which goes at least three-decade back. The company has refrained from taking a risk and never shied away from introducing peculiar products despite the market slow down. It already comprises several best-selling products in its portfolios such as the Alto, Swift, Omni, and Dzire. The Alto has been India's highest-selling model to date and the most common household car. The company is planning to retire it gracefully with the replacement being named as 'S-Presso'. Another reason that it is being replaced is that the market has evolved with rivals coming with several new features and technologies which makes it appear outdated and insipid. Furthermore, the new rules regarding passenger safety have also come into effect which propels the company to come up with an advanced and upmarket car to fulfill these requirements.
Having said all of this, Maruti Suzuki is ready to introduce S-Presso on September 30, 2019, which will be a successor to the Alto. First things first, Maruti S-Presso is based on the Future S Concept which made its debut at the grand stage of the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Several leaked images have revealed that S-Presso will have SUVish stance and styling. It will have a higher ground clearance while the height of the small hatch is also more than the predecessor. It will be bigger than the Alto in terms of length while riding on 14-inch wheels. However, the company will not offer alloy wheels even as an option. Being designed and developed in-house by Maruti Suzuki at its Rohtak R&D center, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will directly rival the Renault Kwid.
It has been learned that Maruti S-Presso will be introduced in the petrol fuel trim in four trims: Std, LXi, VXi, and VXi+. As expected, the entry-level variant will be deprived of even basic features like power steering and air-conditioner. The mid-level LXi will boast of the aforementioned features alongside many others in the form of power windows, music systems, and a digital speedometer. The VXi trim, however, will be full of features such as keyless entry with central locking, SmartPlay Dock audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, front power windows, body-colored bumpers, and wheel covers. The range-topping VXi+ variant, in addition to the features mentioned before, will get front passenger airbag, 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio infotainment system with voice recognition, steering-mounted controls, rear parcel tray, body-colored ORVMs and door handles, and a 12V-volt accessory socket as standard.
However, despite all the big features, the S-Presso will miss out on alloy wheels and reverse parking camera, which it is arch-rival Renault Kwid flaunts with panache. Mechanically, the S-Presso will be available with a BS-VI compliant petrol engine right from the launch. The 1.0L K10B engine will be at the helm of affairs with a top power output of 67bhp and peak torque performance of 90Nm. Maruti's traditional 5-speed manual transmission will be offered as standard while an AMT gearbox could also be available as an option. Although, there is no word on the pricing yet but we believe that Maruti will try to keep the pricing at par with the Kwid. The S-Presso could be priced in a range of Rs 3.50-4.90 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).
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